FERWAFA should step in and save Rayon Sports

While we can point out improvements in the management of many Rwandan clubs this year, it’s hard finding anything worthy of praise about Rayon Sports Football Club. The 2013 league champions just can’t stop the fall. They tumble from scandal to scandal on and off the pitch and are in...

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

Visible progress needs to be shown ahead of CHAN 2016

Early in July an opinion by Hamza Nkuutu run in these pages arguing that Rwanda can host AFCON if the upcoming CHAN competition is successful. Well, I am optimistic as well and I hope he’s right. But realistically, it is a far cry – much like building castles in the sky. Especially now...

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

APR and Rayon slowly losing their shine

For the first time in as far back as I can remember, the usual suspects – APR and Rayon Sports - are off to an unexpected slow start in the 2015/16 Azam Rwanda Premier League season. The signs were there in the preseason preparations, but they were nothing to go by since both clubs have...

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

The rise of cycling in Rwanda

In the cycling world, the name Eddy Merckx is as big as Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) in football. Although Merckx is regarded by many as the greatest cyclist of all-time, much of today’s generation is better known to Lance Armstrong – the American who drug-cheated his way to...

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

FERWAFA should stop dragging Rwanda in the mud

Football is mostly about entertainment; yet last Saturday, it was far from it. One thing is clear - the condition of the pitch was so bad like hundreds of cows have been grazing on the Amahoro Stadium turf. Rwanda lost at home to Ghana in a crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier...

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Police FC emerge as serious contenders for league title

Over the years, nothing has been as predictable as the Rwandan National Football League. The obvious winners – APR – were very often known on the onset. The title challengers too, or rather, pretenders – Rayon Sports -were always there to fall short whenever expected. But now,...

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

Defourg has no right to call anyone unprofessional

Frenchman Jerome Dufourg was this week given the boot by Rwanda Football Association (FERWAFA). Shortly after the undetailed announcement, the former head of FERWAFA’s marketing and communications, took his grievances to Facebook, where he claimed that his employers are “unprofessional...

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Arsenal can only manage to finish in top four

The Barclays English Premier League is only one match old yet no team came into the season in such fine form as the Gunners even their biggest doubters were intimidated into believing that Arsene Wenger’s ‘boys’ had finally matured into real men. Every team that Arsenal faced in...

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

The Premier League is back with all its joy and heartaches

It’s been a long anxious wait, but it was worth every second. The English Premier League has hit town again. Every fan can once again blow the dust of their jerseys and hit soccer joints. Like in every season that passed, this new season offers an acute doze of drama that fans will probably...

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Local clubs should look beyond football to break even

Egyptian side Al Ahly Sporting Club is unquestionably the best club in Africa. In 2000, it was named the African Club of the Century by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). When you peruse through the club’s history, all you are left with is a gaping jaw. It is simply amazing....

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

APR should not bite into the ‘favourites’ tag in CECAFA

I have read a couple of articles claiming that Rwandan champs APR are solid favourites to win this year’s CECAFA Kagame Cup, which is currently taking place in Dar es Salaam. I share the same sentiment.  I have watched all the three games that APR has played so far and I am pretty...

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

Where are Rwanda's home grown coaches?

On Wednesday, Nigeria announced Sunday Oliseh as the new national football team manager. This was a bold move by any means. Oliseh has a lot to show as a former great footballer, but almost nothing to support his ascension as coach for one of the powerhouses of African football. As I watched his...

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Football fanaticism should be exploited for society’s good

Like many other people, I have spent the entirety of my life watching football. To those who loath football, it’s nothing more than a round piece of leather being kicked about by 22 grown men, but to fanatics, it is a matter of life and death. Football has the strong ability to determine...

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

United is breaking the myth about Real’s invincibility

When Cristiano Ronaldo abandoned Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009, it became apparently clear to the most adamant doubters that every footballer dream of playing for the Spanish outfits. There’s an urban legend which asserts that a player will only join another club if Real Madrid...

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

The disturbing story of Rwanda’s dead football project

In August 2013, Rwanda began a long-term and costly project that was supposed to massively improve the country’s football. The project aimed at producing a cluster of young football professionals that would revolutionize our football. A massive Rwf54 million was spent in the first year, to...

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

East Africa needs to take over CAF for its football to change

Ivan Mugisha East Africa is the only region on the continent that has not won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) since its inception in 1957. Football in this region is probably one of the saddest and most boring stories ever told. Some could argue it is bewitched – and they’d have a point....

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

CAF's reaction to the FIFA corruption scandal is despicable

Ivan R. Mugisha After years of denial and refusal to disclose its inwardly suspicious activities, the organization in charge of international football, FIFA, is finally paying for its many years of corruption. This corruption is mafia-like in nature – and although it is still alleged and not...

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Home-grown mechanisms could help change our football fortunes

Editor, Reference is made to Junior Sabena Mutabazi’s article, “Why Amavubi’s top job should go to a Rwandan” (The New Times, January 22). We need to give our countrymen a chance to exercise what they can also do. Why is it that all the big teams in Africa—Ghana,...

Friday, January 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Govt considers new ways to stabilise mineral prices

The Government is seeking several strategies in the wake of fluctuating mineral prices on the international market, Evode Imena, the state minister for mining, said yesterday. The value of mineral exports decreased by 18 per cent to $191.3 million (about Rwf132 billion) this year from $226 million...

Friday, November 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa must stop gender violence, delegates told

African countries must come up with effective ways to control the escalating violence against women and girls on the continent. Oda Gasinzigwa, the Minister for Gender and Family Promotion, made the call yesterday at the opening of the Annual General Assembly of Kigali International Conference...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 12:00 AM